Disability Reform Minister Jenny Macklin.
Disability Reform Minister Jenny Macklin. Claudia Baxter

Ipswich among first to get DisabilityCare Australia scheme

KEY Queensland marginal seats will be among those to be put in the DisabilityCare Australia fast lane, as the Rudd government moves to garner support where it needs it most.

Disability Reform Minister Jenny Macklin on Monday announced Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Logan, Ipswich, Bundaberg, Cairns and Townsville would be the first to get the scheme from July 2016.

While the pitch included the conservative seats in Hinkler and Leichhardt, most of the areas to get the early roll-out sit in key marginal electorates.

Among them were the Labor-held Petrie and Ipswich, two key areas on margins of 1.7% and 2.7% respectively.

Other chosen sites were in the marginal LNP electorates of Forde, Brisbane and Herbert - all sit on less than 5% where Labor hopes to regain ground lost in western Sydney.

Ms Macklin said the roll-out in those areas would benefit about 25,000 people with a disability and were expected to "create up to 23,000 jobs".

The roll-out in the new sites was contingent on Labor being re-elected, and would follow the existing launch sites in other states.



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